Quote for Today: Walter Farley

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I believe that half the trouble in the world comes from people asking ‘What have I achieved?’ rather than ‘What have I enjoyed?’ I’ve been writing about a subject I love as long as I can remember–horses and the people associated with them, anyplace, anywhere, anytime. I couldn’t be happier knowing that young people are reading my books. But even more important to me is that I’ve enjoyed so much the writing of them.
Walter Farley

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Quote for Today: Catherynne M. Valente

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The word I love is Arete.
It has a simple meaning and a complicated meaning. The simple one is: excellence. But if that were all, we’d just use Excellence and I wouldn’t bring it up until we got to E. Arete means your own excellence. Your very own. A personal excellence that belongs to no one else, one that comes out of all the things that make you special and different. Arete means whatever you are best at, no matter what that is. You might think the Greeks only meant things like fighting with bronze swords or debating philosophy, but they didn’t. They meant whatever you’re best at. What makes you feel like you’re doing the rightest thing in the world.

Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There

 

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Quote for Today: Lloyd Douglas

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For many years a tree might wage a slow and silent warfare against an encumbering wall, without making any visible progress. One day the wall would topple–not because the tree had suddenly laid hold upon some supernormal energy, but because its patient work of self-defense and self release had reached fulfillment. The long-imprisoned tree had freed itself. Nature had had her way.
Lloyd Douglas, The Robe

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Quote for Today: Farid ud Din ‘Attar

sunset-863455_640You think your monarch’s palace of more worth
Than Him who fashioned it and all the earth.
The home we seek is in eternity;
The Truth we seek is like a shoreless sea,
Of which your paradise is but a drop.
This ocean can be yours; why should you stop
Beguiled by dreams of evanescent dew?
The secrets of the sun are yours, but you
Content yourself with motes trapped in its beams.
Turn to what truly lives, reject what seems
–Which matters more, the body or the soul?
Be whole: desire and journey to the Whole.
Farid ud Din ‘Attar, from “The Peacock’s Excuse”
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Echoes of Water: Drumming by Katherine McDaniel

Humans living in modern cities have access to medicine, food and abundance. Despite opportunities, why are many of us unfulfilled?

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A few years ago, Houston Grand Opera sponsored a magical program called Houston Artists Respond. People from community centers in Houston, Texas, made videos in which they shared moments that shaped their lives. These were made available to artists, poets and composers who were asked to respond using their particular art. I chose three videos of Latin American women who had immigrated to the Unites States and wove them with my own feelings to make three poems. This is the last of those poems, and tells the story of a woman who grew up with nature in Guerrero, Mexico. Despite her poverty and lack of opportunities, she was blessed with a connection to the earth that continues to give her life meaning today.

This message resounds deeply with me. I grew up on a ranch in central Texas without plumbing, central heating and air conditioning. Our house was unfinished and the resources to make it so were never there, but the riches we found in the land itself were beyond price.  When my father died and it grew too difficult for my mother and me to continue living there, I was torn. I have never found another place that was as much home to me and I long for it still, knowing I can never go back to visit. Doctors have given me little help with my gluten intolerance issues, so I understand that, too. Without the foundation built in my early days, I do not know how I would have dealt with that illness or the flooding of our home in 2009. Growing up there made me resilient and gave me faith.